• Cuba

Overview

Find out how Cuba’s has achieved a staggering 99.8% literacy rate & the role that public education plays in maintaining that rate. The country’s dedication to education is firmly rooted in their post-revolutionary initiative to empower the Cuban people through free, accessible public education. Today, the Cuban government spends about 13% of its GDP on education, more than almost every other country in the world, but that’s just the beginning. 

During this program, students will learn how Cuba’s education system has become the benchmark for Latin America. The group will investigate the public school system from several perspectives: student, teacher, administrator & governing body. 

Meet with teachers & administrators to discuss education programs necessary to enter the field as well as standards, goals, responsibilities & on-the-job-training opportunities. Visit schools to learn how they incorporate academic, social & technical skills into their curriculum & create a supportive atmosphere where children help one another so no child is left behind.  

Highlights

  • Ministry of Education – Meet with specialists at the Ministry to discuss how Cuba has overcome challenges to its educational system
  • Literacy Campaign Museum – Learn about the year-long campaign to eradicate illiteracy in Cuba after the Cuban Revolution
  • Local school visits – Meet teachers, students & faculty of local schools to get a first-hand look at Cuba’s free education system
  • Special education school visit – Discuss efforts to integrate special needs children with mainstream students

Sample Itinerary

Day 1: Havana

Arrive in Cuba & take a bus tour of Modern Havana before checking into your hotel. Enjoy authentic Cuban cuisine with a welcome dinner. Afterward, enjoy a free evening for you to explore the area. 

Day 2: Havana

Meet with the Ministry of Education’s specialists to discuss Cuba’s achievements & challenges in its education system. Visit the National Teacher’s Association & learn about research continuing education for its associates. Afterward, you will visit the José Martí Memorial & Revolution Square architectural complex. Return to your hotel & enjoy dinner followed by a free evening to explore. 

Day 3: Havana

Start your day with a walking tour of Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1982. You will see architectural wonders such as the Arms Square, the Saint Francis of Assisi Square, the Old Square, the Cathedral Square & the Bodeguita del Medio. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Visit the Literacy Campaign Museum followed by an afternoon meeting with professors & students at a local university.  

Day 4: Havana - Cienfuegos

Check out of your hotel & head to Cienfuegos an architectural wonder founded by French colonists in the 19th century. Visit a local school & learn about the experiences of the faculty in the Cuban education system. Check into your hotel & enjoy a lovely, authentic Cuban dinner. 

Day 5: Cienfuegos - Havana

Spend the day visiting schools in Cienfuegos & meeting with teachers, professors & students at all levels. Discuss the relationship between family, school & community in Cuba & how individual needs are addressed in the education system. Eat lunch at a local restaurant before your return to Havana. 

Day 6: Havana

Visit a special education school & discuss efforts to integrate children with special needs with other students in the national education system. Eat lunch at a local restaurant, then visit a local university. Afterward, reflect on your Cuba experience during a farewell dinner. 

Day 7: Havana

Check out of your hotel & depart for José Martí International Airport to return home.